Kyera Singleton, the Executive Director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, Massachusetts, examined how and why former sites of slavery, as places of history, memory, and education, are crucial to reckoning with our current political moment. More importantly, by discussing new research on the lives of enslaved people, Singleton interrogates how black communities are fighting to memorialize the lives of enslaved people. She discussed Phyllis, once enslaved in Old Lyme and honored by a Witness Stone on Lyme Street. Watch the full lecture here
The lecture was held at The Kate in Old Saybrook on Saturday, November 12, 2022.
Kyera Singleton is a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the Department of American Culture. From 2018 through 2019, Kyera served as the Humanity in Action Policy Fellow for the ACLU of Georgia and created their first podcast series “Examining Justice” in order to highlight the voices of both community activists and policymakers in the fight for racial, gender, and transformative justice.
As a public history scholar, Kyera recently served as an advisor on the Boston Art Commission’s Recontextualization Subcommittee for the bronze Emancipation Group Statue. She is also a member of the Board of Public Humanities Fellows at Brown University, which brings together a collection of museum leaders from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.